Here is a by-the-numbers look at the Lakers’ 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Lakers who scored in double figures. No one player shouldered the offensive load for L.A., as Jordan Hill (16), Wesley Johnson (13), Ed Davis (13), Jeremy Lin (12), Wayne Ellington (11), Tarik Black (10) and Jordan Clarkson (10) each pitched in at least 10 points. Meanwhile, Clarkson handed out a career-high eight assists, while Davis continued to lead the NBA in field goal percentage since the All-Star break by shooting 6-for-8.
Clarkson Takes It the Distance
“That’s the way it’s got to be, with everybody pitching in here and there,” Lin said. “I would say ball movement and unselfishness were key. They were playing really aggressive on the pick-and-roll, so there wasn’t as much open in terms of the first step, but once you swung it and got it to the weak side, that’s when it opened up.”
Points scored by Detroit in the third quarter. After holding a one-point lead over L.A. at halftime, the Pistons imploded offensively, going scoreless through the first 6:17 of the second half, while missing eight shots and committing four turnovers in the process. The Lakers stifled Detroit the entire frame, as the Pistons shot 4-for-20 — including 1-for-10 on 3-pointers — in L.A.’s best defensive quarter of the season.
Pistons Shot Chart (Third Quarter)
“We went over six minutes without scoring,” Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said. “It was brutal, I mean absolutely brutal. I feel for them a little bit. Again, I thought they fought hard. They just can’t get the ball in the basket right now.”
Rebounds grabbed by Andre Drummond. The 22-year-old became just the fifth Lakers opponent to grab that many boards over the last seven seasons, while six of his rebounds came on the offensive glass. Drummond, who also had 14 points, literally could not be stopped on the boards, as he converted each of his 21 rebound chances.*
Free throws made by the Lakers, who were efficient with their 30 attempts (86.7 percent). L.A.’s ability to sink foul shots was crucial when it came to icing the game, as the Lakers went 12-for-14 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Detroit, meanwhile, shot just 13-for-19 at the foul line through the entire game.
Points scored by L.A. in the paint. Despite facing Detroit’s bruising frontcourt of Drummond and Greg Monroe (24 points, nine rebounds), the Lakers managed to outscore Detroit in the paint by 10. L.A.’s bigs also held strong on the boards, as the Lakers outrebounded their foes 46-41.
Davis Throws Down Twice
*Rebound chances are when a player is within 3.5 feet of a rebound.